Next stop; Delicious! Today, we’re counting down our picks for the must try dishes in Bangkok.
We’re looking at some of the Bangkok’s most iconic, popular and mouthwatering dishes.
1. Som Tam
This spicy green papaya salad is technically Laotian in origin, but popular versions can be found all across Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and Vietnam. Thailand has very much made the dish their own. And that goes double in Bangkok, where food reigns supreme. When Westerners think of papaya, the fruit that comes to mind is usually soft, sweet and dark orange in color for some time.
However, the papaya is picked before it ripens so that its meat is firm. Light green in color and has a very neutral taste. Thin strips of tough green papaya are combined with fish sauce, lime chili and palm sugar, and then it all gets pounded together in a mortar and pestle. Despite appearances, the papaya holds up to the pulverising maintaining a satisfying crunch.
One of the things that really makes Bangkok sometimes stand out the heat. Bangkok cooks tend to be very liberal with the Bird’s Eye Chili.
2. Kway Teow Rua
Though the experience may be a little tourist saturated at this point, no trip to Bangkok is complete without a trip to one of the famous floating markets where vendors sell their wares from long, thin boats. Not only are these boats often piled impossibly high with produce, but in the case of food hawkers, they take it a step further by running a makeshift kitchen out of the boat as well. Kway Teow Rua translates quite simply to boat noodles and the dishes so named because it was traditionally served out of boats along the canals.
The dishes characterized by its strong flavor, which is achieved through the use of dark soy sauce, bean curd, various spices, and the inclusion of both beef and pork party filling and flavorful. It really hits the spot. Nowadays you can get a quality bowl of Kway Teow Rua while all around Bangkok. But why not lean into the experience and get your boat noodles from a boat like in the good old days.
3. Ba Mee
In Bangkok, no two bowls of noodles are ever the same.
Many of the most popular noodle dishes in Thailand use rice noodles, but Ba Mee instead uses Chinese egg noodles or the less common wheat noodles. The red barbecue pork is also another element of the dish that borrows from Chinese cuisine; Cantonese to be specific. For this reason, though, quality bamboo can be found throughout the city. Most agree it’s best tasted in Bangkok’s Chinatown, where various food hawkers have been fine tuning their recipes for years, if not generations.
The dish is a modest one consisting of blanched greens, egg noodles, pork and sometimes wontons. But it’s one that really hits the spot. Bumi can be served in broth or dry. The latter is known as Bumi Hangu. Try both!
Speaking of simple dishes that are more than the sum of their parts, how about some meat on a stick? Yakitori in Japan, Bulgogi in Korea Name Nung in Vietnam, Taiwan and China. It seems that each culture has their own equivalent dish.
But you know what? Each of them has something unique to offer. Thailand Satay comes to the country by way of Malaysia and or Indonesia, but it has flourished in Bangkok words among the most popular street foods. What makes Thai Satay distinct is the use of more local ingredients in the marinade. Each vendor does their satay a little differently. So, we recommend trying as many as you can during your time in Bangkok.
We found this great recipe if you want to try making it at home.